Fire @ Shul in Corfu, Greece; Deemed Vandalism


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This is obviously a wake up call to Jews in Greece, and throughout Europe. This was an act of arson and not an accident.

We are not making any recommendations or suggestions that Greece is particularly unsafe for Jewish travel or visitors, but we do ask that you heed caution regardless of where you are traveling around the world.

Original article on Jpost.com

By JPOST.COM STAFF
04/19/2011

Unknown assailants break into Corfu synagogue, pile and burn various religious literature, books, documents in front of rabbi’s platform.

A synagogue located on the Greek island of Corfu was set on fire late Tuesday night, damaging religious books and documents, local police told AFP reporters.

After breaking down the back door of the 19th century building after 3 a.m., the unknown arsonists made a pile of various religious literature, books and documents in front of the rabbi’s platform (bima) and then set them a blaze, a senior police officer said.

The synagogue was closed at the time, resulting in no injuries.

A passing police vehicle noticed the fire and reported the incident, the officer said.

In 2010, a similar act of vandalism in Crete destroyed hundreds of rare religious books.

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